Settler plot to bomb Arab school foiledLos Angeles Times
JERUSALEM -- Israeli security forces, already
battling attacks by Palestinian militants on Jewish civilians, said over the
weekend that they foiled an attempt by radical Jewish settlers to detonate a
powerful bomb at a school for Arab girls in east Jerusalem.
were said to be questioning four suspects to determine whether they were
responsible for any recent attacks against Palestinians, including a bombing in
March at another school in east Jerusalem.
Police arrested the men
two weeks ago, but details of their arrest and alleged plot were revealed to
Israeli media for the first time over the weekend.
The bomb, according to
authorities, was rigged to explode when the 1,500 students in the A-Tur
neighborhood gathered for morning assembly in the school's courtyard. The device
was composed of two barrels of gasoline and two gas balloons.
Israel's Shin Bet secret service, who were questioning the suspects,
acknowledged that they knew nothing of the apparent plot until police noticed
the Jewish men acting suspiciously in the Arab neighborhood on April 29.
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